'My Five Wives': TLC Orders 8 More Episodes of Polygamy Series

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Monday, 05 May 2014 02:22 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The TLC series "My Five Wives" about a polygamous family has been renewed for a second season, which will premiere in the fall.

"My Five Wives," which follows Brady Williams, his five wives, and 24 children at their home near Salt Lake City, Utah. The show averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode during its first season.

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The series, produced by Relativity Television for TLC, will have eight new episodes.

The Wrap describes the series as a "progressive twist on the polygamist reality trope: the Williams family split from the Mormon Church over the church's conservative views."

Brady Williams had called the first season of the series, which lasted nine episodes, "liberating" for him and his family.

"My Five Wives" is TLC's second reality show that tackled the subject of plural families. "Sister Wives" aired in 2010, and after it did, the family featured in that show left Utah for Las Vegas when a county official threatened to prosecute them.

"It really is like coming out of the closet," Williams told The Associated Press in March.

The Williams family continued their effort to open up to viewers, answering questions from those watching the series this past Sunday, according to TLC, in an episode titled "You Asked. Brady and Wives Answer."

On May 11, The Williamses will be interviewed by NBC's Tamron Hall for the special "My Five Wives: Tell All."

"No topic is off limits in this incredibly candid one-hour special as the family opens up about the challenges and rewards of life in a plural marriage, the wives competing for Brady's time, adding new members to the family, Rhonda's health, those infamous 'safe talks,' and everything in between," TLC wrote.

The Williams family lives in a rural community near Salt Lake City where many of their former church members with the Apostolic United Brethren live. The family told the AP that they left the church in the mid-2000s and practice polygamy because it is their preferred lifestyle rather than a religious doctrine.

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